Life on Mars
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We mainly explored the surroundings by hiring a red pick up truck for a few days together with Stefan, a German student, and Aussies Kim and Lissa, the lovelies we met back in La Serena. It was great to do this ourselves rather than rely on the tour operators in town, meaning we could take things at our own pace and discover different areas not as full of other tourists
Sand boarding down a 120 metre dune with just us in sight for miles (probably to do with it being in the middle of the midday heat and at altitudes of more than 3000 metres) was a highlight too, though you've no idea how tiring climbing a sand dune at that height is. They don't call it Death Valley for nothing. Puff, puff, splutter.
The pictures probably explain it all best, though they don't really do it any justice!